Bush, Abbas to meet at White House next week
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will review progress in Middle East peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas when they meet in Washington next week, the White House said on Friday.
"The president looks forward to discussing with President Abbas the progress made toward building Palestinian institutions and toward realizing the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said in a statement.
The leaders will meet Thursday, about a week after Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni narrowly won a vote to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who faces possible indictment and plans to resign.
Olmert plans to stay on as caretaker prime minister and pursue U.S.-sponsored peace talks with Abbas until Livni forms a government.
Bush is pressing for a deal on a Palestinian state before he leaves office in January, but few see a major breakthrough in the process.
(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Jackie Frank)
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